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09/08/2012 at 17:51

can any one help please my rubber plant is loseing its leaves from the bottom up any help would be great

09/08/2012 at 18:20

We need to know a bit more about it.  How long have you had it?  Where abouts do you keep it?  What sort of compost is it in? Have you moved it lately? Is it in a draught? Is it getting enough light?  Have you overwatered it - the compost should be allowed to dry out between waterings.  Has it been repotted?  Do you give it some houseplant fertiliser during the growing period?

If you can give us a bit more information we might get a clue as to what's wrong 


09/08/2012 at 21:56

I  agree,  more info would be good. When I have grown this, a good misting to avoid red spider mite really helped the plant.  Also a good wipe of the leaves with a damp cloth helped too. I have found that bottom leaves do drop with age.

Dr Hessayon "Expert" books are full of useful informaion, if you follow his advice you can't go far wrong..  Many years ago I had a jungle indoors following his advice.

The great thing is that you can still pick up his books very cheap on ebay or in charity shops., I think the it's called "indoor plant expert"


10/08/2012 at 08:41


yes it has been moved i dont keep it in direct sunlight i do wipe the leaves i  think i may have over watered it as i did not know i had to let it dry out between waters i have had it nearly 2 years and i have not repotted it since buying from garden center so not sure what compost was used i do feed it any tips on what i can do to bring it back to being happy once more as its the longest indoor plant i have been able to keep

thanks for your replies

10/08/2012 at 11:02

That's helpful jacqui4.

Rubber plants do best in filtered sunlight - eg in front of a window with net curtains is really good.  

I think I would let it dry out a bit if I were you.  It probably needs repotting, especially if it's been sitting in wet compost.  I'd probably do it now, although others might advise leaving it until next spring.

Good luck.

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